Community Grant Program

Mildura Rural City Council's Community Grant Program provides opportunities for not-for-profit community groups to deliver innovative local projects and programs that support Council’s vision of "making this the most liveable, people-friendly community in Australia”.

The Community Grant Program aims to:

  • Facilitate and support initiatives that strengthen the community through opportunities for participation, development, arts, inclusion, the environment and sustainability.
  • Support a range of interest areas including health and wellbeing, community support, community spirit, arts, history and culture, the environment, and access and equity.
  • Assist Council to deliver identified objectives, priorities and strategies and align with the Council Plan.

How much is available?


Maximum amount per application

Length of funding agreement


Funding ratio


$6,001 to $10,000

12 months




Up to $6,000

12 months



Quick Response Up to $2,000  12 months  Oct-June Nil

When do grant applications open and close?

  • Large and Small Grants: Applications are now closed.
  • Quick Response Grants: Currently open. Close June 2024.

How do I apply for this grant?

Applications must be submitted electronically via Council’s online grants portal (Smartygrants). To start an application please call 03 5018 8100 and ask to speak to the Community Grants Program Officer.

A copy of the grant application form is available below to assist you in preparing your application.

If you have any questions please call 03 5018 8100 and ask to speak to the Community Grants Program Officer.

For more information please refer to the documents below:

  • Community Grants Program Guidelines
  • Community Grants Program Policy

Applications must address the following mandatory criteria. If an application does not address the mandatory criteria, it will not be eligible for assessment: 

  1. Provide details of all monetary and in-kind contributions (this must be in line with the requirements of the funding level, i.e. Large Grants 1:2).
  2. Provide a plan for consultation/engagement.
  3. Identify where the project aligns with the Council Plan 2021-2025.

Applications will be scored and assessed according to the following assessment criteria:



Clearly describe the project and how it addresses one or more of the program priority areas stated in the Community Grant Guidelines.

Applications that address more than one priority area are encouraged.


Provide clear evidence of a need for the project within the community.


Provide an achievable plan for delivery of the project, including timeline and consideration of risk.


Outline measures to be used to show if the project has been successful in achieving the stated outcome/s.


Demonstrate consideration for:

Inclusiveness and accessibility

Being ‘inclusive’ and ‘accessible’ means welcoming everyone - regardless of age, gender, race and ability and that all people involved have an equal opportunity to participate at a level they choose.


Social and environmental sustainability

Includes supporting local businesses, employment of indigenous people or people with disabilities, promotion of environmentally friendly practices, purchase/use of products that consume minimal energy, water or other resources.